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Rumor: PS4 Will Have 50% More Raw Computational Power Over Xbox 720, But Less RAM

January 17, 2013Written by Sebastian Moss

We usually don’t report on the multitude of PlayStation 4 rumors that pop up every single day, but we’ve decided to run this one because its originator, VG247, has had a solid track record with Xperia Play, PS Vita and Gaikai rumors. Still, it is a rumor, and is not guaranteed fact, so bear that in mind while you read on.

VG247 claims that they have been told that the PlayStation 4 has a 50% raw power advantage over Xbox 720, based on information out of CES.

Alleged developer sources, who were at next-gen meetings at CES, said that the PlayStation 4 (still codenamed Orbis) will have a run-capability of 1.84 teraflops. The next Xbox (codenamed Durango), on the other hand, will be able to achieve 1.23 teraflops. That’s a 50% raw computational power advantage over the Xbox 720 by the PS4.

Where Durango takes the lead is with RAM, apparently packing in a whopping 8GB – 3GB just for OS, apps and security and 4-5GB for games. Meanwhile, the PS4 is thought to have 4GB of RAM – 1GB for OS, 3GB for games.

Both the PS4 and 720 are also said to be able to read 100Gb Blu-ray discs. Previous rumors pegged the 720 as sporting a Radeon HD 8770 GPU and the PS4 packing AMD’s A10 APU.

Finally, VG247 claims that other press outlets are in possession of documents related to the Durango from CES, with the intention of leaking them. If such documents do leak, the specs inside may help prove the validity of this rumor, or disprove it.

Be sure to stick to PSLS as the story develops, and let us know if you’re happy with a more powerful console that has weaker RAM in the comments below.